Published: Balzer + Bray (January 24, 2012)
Series: Book 1
Source: ARC from publisher
GR Summary: Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she's returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld... this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there's a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki's time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she's forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's..
My Thoughts: Okay, so you know how in Titanic, some person actually counted the number of times Rose said Jack's name? (80 times. Seriously.) Everneath definitely has that same syndrome. Readers, it was excessive with the name-saying. And can you imagine people doing that in real life, readers? AWKWARD, readers. I'd probably give them one of these faces and walk away. That's just WEIRD, readers.
Anyway, when I wasn't distracted by the excessive use of Nikki Beckett's name (and variations of it: Nik, Becks, etc) I couldn't help but notice how...lifeless and depressing Nikki was as a main character. I get it. She spent a century in the Everneath (this isn't a spoiler) but COME ON. Give me a little something to fall in love with in my main character. Give me some HOPE. I feel like I needed a pick-me-up like a Disney movie after the main character made me so somber. I struggled finding something in Nikki that I could relate to.
All in all, I didn't dislike Everneath. Some aspects of the story did get on my nerves, but its redeeming factor? Jack and Jules. The boyfriend and the best friend. Jack was AWESOME. Everneath was not without its swoony moments, though they were few. Not to mention the really fun and interesting mythology. I'm conflicted as to whether or not I'll read the sequel. Everneath has the potential to be amongst a LOT of readers' favorite books of 2012. And I do seem to be in the minority with my thoughts on the book. Even though I do appreciate (and often LOVE) dark, angsty books, Everneath and I weren't a good match.